KARACHI - The physical possession of a housing scheme on 300 acres of land and comprised of 2,120 houses, constructed by Turkish Government at District Thatta to accommodate the flood affectees, was handed over to the PDMA management in a simple but impressive ceremony presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House here on Sunday.
Sindh Minister for Local Government and Health Syed Owais Muzaffar, Consul General Turki Murat M. Onart, Chief Secretary Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, PDMA DG Syed Muhammad Suleman Shah and others were present.
On the occasion, Qaim said that Turkey is a close friend of Pakistan, always helping its people in difficult times. He said that Pakistan, especially Sindh province, has suffered natural disasters like the flash flood in 2010-2011, that affected 9 million people only in the province. He said at that time the Turkish prime minister visited the flood affected areas of Sindh and announced this housing scheme to provide shelter to the displaced people. He said, “We are thankful for this generous gesture of the Turkish government.” He said that allotment of these houses would be transparent.
The Consul General, Murat M. Onart, said that Turkey has been enjoying old and friendly relations with Pakistan since decades. He said that the Turkish Government would continue helping Pakistan brethren.
He said that more than 10,000 people can be accommodated in this housing scheme. He said that the scheme is comprised on 2,120 housing units with 3 mosques, a high school, community hall, business centre, sport complex and playground.
URGENT MEDICAL FACILITIES NEEDED: Urgent medical facilities should be provided to emergency patients in all major government and private hospitals, especially in Karachi and in this regard the authorities should install inbuilt administrative mechanisms.
It is the universally accepted medical ethics that hospitals start immediate medical treatment to emergency and trauma patients as soon as they are rushed in the emergency room, but sadly most hospitals, both government and private, hold medical treatment till the family members and friends reach there to buy medicines and supplies from private stores.
Recently, this scribe personally witnessed this sad episode as he was rushed to a nearby hospital along with another injured after a road accident.
An unknown rickshaw driver was kind enough to pick the two injured men and rush them to the hospital and even refusing to charge any fare, but the first question asked by the emergency room staff was where your attendant is; if he is not here call him urgently.
Meanwhile, a doctor was summoned who called for his senior, who came and wrote some x-rays and tests, but the real treatment started when the relatives of the scribe reached there are purchased the required medical supplies.
Later, when the incharge of emergency department came there and knew the situation, a surgeon was called and all procedures went smoothly. They also showed anger on why medical supplies were not drawn from the hospital store immediately and later their cost included in the bill instead of keeping an emergency patient waiting.
It is understood that the hospitals, especially the government hospitals, lack resources and supply due to low budgets or pilferage by corrupt elements, but every hospital should keep basic emergency supplies in their stores to start immediate treatment of trauma and emergency patients. They should not wait for the attendants to come and by bandages, stitches, needles and other basic things used in emergency rooms. The government and philanthropists should liberally support emergency departments of all big hospitals to save lives.
It is understood that a pedestrian, commuter or worker does not have a few thousands of rupees extra cash in his pocket to meet his immediate medical expenses in case he meets some accident.
It is the responsibility of the government to give at least emergency medical cover to its citizens. The hospitals and medical professionals should also realize their ethical duty of providing immediate aid to emergency patients irrespective of they are alone or accompanying attendants and having ready cash or not.